We’re big into owls this week. Sir I. started it all by drawing lots and lots of pictures of owls, mostly of the Great Horned variety. Yesterday, we went to a nature institute where they take care of injured raptors and rehabilitate them back into the wild. They have exhibits of birds that have sustained permanent damage and cannot survive on their own. We saw bald eagles, several species of owl, hawks, ravens, and more.
–aside– did you know that peregrine falcons can reach speeds of over 200 mph in a dive? how awesome is that?! –end aside–
Now Sir I. wants to “adopt” a snowy owl and we’re brainstorming ideas for how he can afford to do that. His dad and I will match his contribution dollar for dollar, but he has to earn almost $20 on his own. D. suggested he sort our books, Sir I. wants to rake leaves, and I offered to pay him to help his sister clean up her (disaster of a) room. Any other ideas for how an almost-six-year-old can earn some money?
I think our next read-aloud will have to be the first book of the Guardians of Ga’hoole series.
Check out this adorable free printable owl art calendar (via The Crafty Crow)!
I love the Owl calendar 🙂
I liked that series through the first four books very well. As for ideas, how about sweeping the kitchen floor or wiping down counters and shaking out the placemats (if you have them). He could water plants or dust the low-lying furniture. Those are the kinds of things my parents had me do at that age.
*nods* Yes, I’ll have some household chores for him to do. Today we pulled up carrots and he pulled out the stems and scrubbed the dirt off them for me. He did a good job! 🙂